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Smith Eyeing More Appearances For U23s

Smith Eyeing More Appearances For U23s

Andy Smith is targeting more U23s football this season after a successful first taste of playing for the Development Squad in Friday night's home victory over Ipswich Town.

The second-year scholar played the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 win at the Roy West Centre and was in impressive form at the heart of the Tigers' backline, helping Jon Beale's bounce back from a 5-0 defeat to Watford in their opening fixture of the season in positive fashion.

"Stepping up to the U23s is what most of the lads from the U18s want to do," he said.

"Playing with the Development Squad, it’s a lot quicker and much more physical but I think I did alright on Friday night and adapted well.

"It's just a case of learning on the job. I will only benefit from the experience. 

"The lads around me have helped me massively, so hopefully I can push on and get a few more games under my belt now - a clean sheet would be nice too!"

Smith was quick to praise the team for bouncing back at the first time of asking following the heavy defeat at Vicarage Road.

"We got beat 5-0 to Watford in our first game of the season and, clearly, we had improvements to make," he continued.

"In the build-up to the game, Jon (Beale) and 'Fages' (Craig Fagan) just explained to us that we had to be stronger and tougher. We worked on how to do that in training and I think the lads reacted really well.

"We defended well throughout the full game but, the first half in particular, we moved the ball around nicely and deservedly scored two good goals.

"They put is under a bit of pressure in the second half and scored with the ai of a deflection, but we stood strong and saw the game out to get the win, which was important.

"We were counting down the minutes in the latter stages, but I think the lads dug in really well. We defended well as a team and group out the result. Full credit to the lads because everyone put a real shift in."